Author/Creator Rights and User Rights

This guide is brought to you by the Office of Scholarly Communications, where our goal is to help you reach yours.

What Rights Do You Own?

Are you wondering what rights you own? Consult the Copyright Way Finder.

If you are a student or a member of the faculty or staff, see the University of Arkansas's policy regarding copyright ownership for work which you produce on Patent and Copyright Policy. [Board Policy 210.1 (Patent and Copyright Policy)]

Do you want a general overview of copyright?  Visit the research guide Copyright and Fair Use: The Basics.

Do you want to read the law for yourself?  You'll find the complete Copyright Law of the United States online. This publication contains the text of title 17 of the United States Code, including all amendments enacted by Congress through June 30, 2016. It includes the Copyright Act of 1976 and all subsequent amendments to copyright law; the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984, as amended; and the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act, as amended.

What Rights Do You Want to Grant to a Publisher?

You've been offered a book publishing contract – congratulations! But if you find the contract terms puzzling and you'd like to consult a veteran publishing professional, feel free to make an appointment with  Melody Herr in the Office of Scholarly Communications.

Likewise, if you'd like assistance with interpreting a journal's publishing agreement, feel free to make an appointment with Melody Herr in the Office of Scholarly Communications.

What Rights You Want to Share with Others?

Open Access

Would you like to make your work digitally available without charge to others?  Consider publishing your articles in an open access journal and publishing your books with an open access press.  Alternatively, you may be able to negotiate with a journal or a press to make some version of your work available in an open access repository, such as ScholarWorks@UARK.  

For an overview of open access, see the research guide Open Scholarship.

For more information about negotiating with a journal, see the SPARC Author Addendum.

Open Licenses

Would you like to enable others to use your work without seeking your permission to do so? Consider applying an open license.

For an overview of open licenses, see the research guide Open Scholarship.

The most widely known open licensing system, Creative Commons (CC) consists of three mix-and-match labels which enable the author to specify how others may use his work.  To learn more, visit the Creative Commons website.

NOTE: Although open access and open licenses are complementary in practice, open access refers only to availability while open licenses deal with reproduction (i.e., copying), distribution, and derivative works.